Lori A. Delale-O'Connor

Lori Delale-O'Connor, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of Research and Development at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Urban Education and a Research Assistant Professor of Education. Her teaching, research, and policy interests focus on urban education, sociology of education, positive child and youth development, and parent education.

Dr. Delale-O'Connor received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was also a certificate fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences--a pre-doctoral training program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Delale-O'Connor's work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She was recently the co-PI for an IES funded feasibility study examining the information provided for parents and students to make schooling choices. Dr. Delale-O'Connor also holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from Boston College where she was a Donovan Urban Scholar and taught secondary social studies in the Boston Public Schools.

Prior to joining the School of Education, Dr. Delale-O'Connor was a research scientist at Child Trends, a non-profit research center focused on improving the well-being of children across the lifespan. There she designed and conducted evaluations of programs serving children and youth.

School Affiliations

Recent Publications

Delale-O'Connor, L. (2018) Choosing, defaulting or falling short: Defaulters in the education context. Teachers College Record 120(4).
Delale-O'Connor, L. & *Graham, D. L. (2019) Teachers' talk about race and caregiver support: "You can NEVER be too sure about parents." Urban Education. 54(4), 499-534.
Milner, H.R., Cunningham, H.B., Delale-O'Connor, L., & Kestenberg (2018). These Kids Are Out of Control: Why We Must Reimagine Classroom Management for Equity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Delale-O'Connor, L., *Alvarez, A., *Murray, I.E., Milner, IV H.R. (2017) Self-efficacy beliefs, classroom management and the cradle to prison pipeline. Theory into Practice. 56(3), 178-186.
Akiva, T., Carey, R.L., Cross, A.B., Delale-O'Connor, L. & Brown, M.R. (2017) Reasons youth engage in activism programs: Social justice or sanctuary? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 53, 20-30.
Lori A. Delale-O'Connor


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